Health and Wellness Programs

  • Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, to further expand its KSO Music & Wellness program at the University of Tennessee Medical Center’s Cancer Institute. The program, which currently provides live musical performances for patients to enhance the healing process and employs a part-time certified music therapist (the first music therapist position at any American orchestra), will support continued professional development opportunities for the five KSO musicians working in the program, as well as facilitating formal research to document medical quantitative and qualitative effects of the program. The program has grown in scope from basic performances in lobbies and assisted living facilities to one-on-one/bedside playing for individual patients in chemotherapy treatment bays and on in-patient floors. It is functioning as a catalyst to provide integrative medicine opportunities for the region, and now offers music therapy sessions for staff, as well as patients and family members.
  • Portland Symphony Orchestra (Maine), to continue funding for its comprehensive two-part music and wellness program. In partnership with New England Rehabilitation Hospital of Portland (NERHP), Music for Life provides live, therapeutic musical performances by Portland Symphony Orchestra musician ensembles for the benefit of hospital patients, their families, and hospital employees. Music & Stress: A Sensory-Based Wellness Program is a scientifically-based stress reduction program for hospital employees combining live classical music with resistive muscle movement and deep breathing exercise. For the second year of Getty funding, events will increase in frequency; the specific repertoire performed will be more flexible to meet the changing needs of patients; some programs will now take place on weekends; and the orchestra will again employ the skills of a local music therapist to consult on program planning, help finalize curriculum design, train musicians and staff, aid in the creation of assessment tools, and assist with leading programs.
  • Detroit Symphony Orchestra, for its health and wellness program at Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a member of Detroit Medical Center and the first pediatric specialty hospital in the state. The partnership with Children’s Hospital consists of three key components: lobby concerts serving patients, families, doctors, administrators and other members of the public; music therapy sessions for patients ranging in age from infancy to age 17, led in partnership by board certified music therapists and a Detroit Symphony Orchestra musician; and hospital special events, such as the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, simulcast into patient rooms. Additionally, the grant will enable the Detroit Symphony Orchestra to expand the program’s professional development component, to ensure that musicians, music therapists, and other Hospital staff are optimally prepared for each experience.
  • St. Louis Symphony, for SymphonyCares, a program providing free concerts and music therapy for adults and children in area hospitals, cancer centers, and assisted living centers. The program consists of four sub-series: SymphonyCares for Kids, using music as a therapeutic distraction to the hospital environment; SymphonyCares Music Therapy, utilizing St Louis Symphony musicians in research studies and group therapy sessions, and reaching over 1,000 patients and families/caregivers; SymphonyCares for Seniors, bringing orchestra musicians into assisted living and veteran’s centers, and reaching about 500 residents/caregivers each session; and SymphonyCares Creative Music Making, a two-day residency program for adults living with special needs. Future plans include an increase in the number of concerts presented; the implementation of a study measuring the effect that playing for cancer patients has on musicians; and new pilot programs at the neonatal intensive care unit of BJC – St. Louis Children’s Hospital and the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in St. Louis.